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Mrs Caudle's Curtain Lectures

By Douglas Jerrold

1866 - London - Bradbury, Evans, & Co.

8.5" by 6.5", xx, 190, (10)pp


 

DETAILS

A later edition of one of Jerrold's most popular and lasting creations from Punch, the amusing domestic comedy, Mrs Caudle's Curtain Lectures.

Bound in cloth with gilt lettering and decoration.

Bound by Edmonds & Remnants.

This particular copy comes from the Worcester Public Library, Victoria Institute, with a library issue label tipped-in to the front pastedown with dates from 1892 to 1896, and a gilt number to the front board. 

Douglas William Jerrold, 1803 - 1857, was a playwright and journalist. Most "popular of all his Punch writings, somewhat to his chagrin, was the purely domestic comedy of Mrs. Caudle's Curtain Lectures (1845). Almost all the events and perplexities of Cockney domestic economy pass before her, wrote Thackeray of Mrs Caudle, and a student in the twentieth century may get out of her lectures as accurate pictures of London life as we can get out of the pictures of Hogarth (W. M. Thackeray, Contributions to the Morning Chronicle, ed. G. N. Ray, 1955, 94). Until his death Jerrold continued to be a prolific contributor to Punch (christening the Crystal Palace in one 1851 piece), but none of his other writings approached the Caudle lectures in popularity" -ODNB.

CONDITION

The binding is generally firm. The frontispiece is only partially attached. The inner hinges are strained. There is wear to the extremities, including bumping and rubbing, with fading to the spine. Internally the pages are generally clean and bright, with the occasional spot. Overall the condition is good only.


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